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We've already reported that the upcoming DOTA 2 'The International' tournament had the biggest prize pool in eSports history with $6 million, but now it has burst through the huge ceiling that is $10 million in prize money.
The total prize pool for The International sits at $10,045,615 (at the time of writing) and will only increase until the finale. There are stretch goals that Valve has placed, with the 22nd stretch goal at $10 million now met, which will unveil a new "Victory Prediction Taunt" to players. The battle for the champion of the DOTA 2 The International will take place on July 18-21 at the KeyArena at Seattle Center, in Seattle, Washington.
If you were waiting for the next release of Gran Turismo, it looks like you'll be waiting a little while longer. Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the franchise, has said: "We are working on the title. I don't think it'll make this year!"
But, don't fret just yet - we should see GT7 hit the PS4 in due time, with Polyphony saving time by using vehicle assets from previous GT titles, with some of these assets going back to even Gran Turismo 4 from 2004. Yamauchi added: "I doubt that we'll be throwing away the standard cars. Each car has its own fans. So I think we'll hang on to the archive. In the meanwhile, some of those cars we may be able to make into Premium cars as they become available - but basically we're more focussed [sic] on increasing the number of premium cars".
Creative Assembly's awesomely scary Alien: Isolation is coming out for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC later this year, but the studio has announced that the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game will run at 1080p.
As for the frame rate, that will be "pretty compatible" On both consoles. Creative Assembly Lead Game Designer, Gary Napper, talked with OXM where he said: "When I think about working on the game, it's almost platform agnostic because I only think about the differences between platforms and the different mechanics we can use, like the light on the PS4 pad and the stuff with Kinect 2.0. So I think with framerate it's pretty comparable. There's no noticeable drop or change in graphics between them. Obviously there are a lot more options to tweak and scale up on the PC".
We've heard studios talking up the PC version of their games before, so I hope that Creative Assembly keep to their word and truly a truly next-generation game on PC - without watering down or gimping the graphics on the much more powerful PC platform. Alien: Isolation will be providing scares in virtual reality with Oculus Rift support, something I can't wait to try out myself.
Back in February we reported that over 14 million copies of Minecraft had been sold on PC, but hten the console versions arrived and now the indie sandbox game has well and truly exploded in sales - selling nearly 54 million copies.
Minecraft is available on a slew of platforms, including Android, iOS, PS3, Mac, Windows PC and Xbox 360. But, what is more interesting is that if you combine all of the console editions together, they have sold more copies combined than the PC version. The game will be reaching the PS4 and Xbox One in August.
A new project has hit Steam Greenlight, ramping up from #69 on the list to #9 very rapidly thanks to its popularity online - Rock Simulator. Yes, we're not joking - a game, about rocks.
Rock Simulator is sitting on Steam Greenlight, and according to its makers, it's "a genuine rock simulator". The introduction explains: "For a long time, there has been one game missing from the market. This simulator is a rock enthusiasts dream. You can watch beautiful rocks in any location in the world. From grass plains to salt flats, there are dozens of hand designed BEAUTIFUL environments".
You can check out Rock Simulator right here.
Wolfenstein: The New Order was a smash hit for Machine Games, and while the company hasn't announced a sequel to the first-person shooter, it is already plotting the sequel to the game.
Machines Games' Creative Director, Jens Matthies talked with Giant Bomb earlier in the week, where he said: "We would love to do a sequel. We have a very, very clear idea of what we accomplished with this game, and what we want to accomplish with a sequel". Matthies explained that the studio will focus on the pre-production side of things if it ends up working on a Wolfenstein sequel.
He continued: "[B]ecause these projects are so long in terms of development -- this was three-and-a-half years for [The New Order] -- and given how long it takes to make a game these days, this kind of game, and whenever you design in terms of preproduction, what becomes the plan for all of those years, has to be a flawlessly polished diamond," he explained. "If it isn't, you end up paying for that further down the line. You have to react to it, change, and do stuff".
If you don't want to know about any leaks to The Witcher 3, you've been warned. From here on out, do not read this post. Eurogamer is reporting that someone has hacked the Google Drive account of a CD Projkect Red employee, which was then shared around on the Internet on sites like 4chan and Reddit.
The hacker gained access to screenshots from the game, concept art, but most of all - design documents which go into detail about The Witcher 3's setting, story, and even its endings. CD Projekt Red talked with Eurogamer, with its Manager, Michal Platkow-Gilewski admitting that the leak took place, and "strong advised" people to not access the files if they don't want the game to be spoiled.
Platkow-Gilewski said that the leak doesn't affect the development of The Witcher 3, so we shouldn't expect any delays in its release - hopefully.
There are some big bargains to be had on the Steam Summer Sales today, with Call of Duty: Ghosts smashed down 50% - dropping from its original price of $59.99 to just $29.99.
Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition is just $6.79, dropping 66% from its original $19.99 price. Metro: Last Light - Complete Edition also sees the same price and discount, dropping 66% from its $19.99 price to just $6.79. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is 75% off, down from $39.95 to just $9.98. There are some other games on sale too, including Torchlight II, Age of Wonders III and more.
The current Flash Sales which last for another 6 hours include Call of Juaraz: Gunslinger, Killing Floor, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Serious Sam - The Complete Pack.
Nintendo is struggling to compete on the gaming market of today, but it has been doing better recently with an uptick in Wii U sales thanks to the new Mario Kart game. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto recently talked about a future where gamers might be able to buy one copy of a game and play it on both home consoles and portables.
Right now Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U consoles are so different that it takes games developed specifically for each console, and therefore two purchases for gamers to have the same game on each device. In the future Nintendo wants to bring together the development environments for the portable and home consoles to the point where gamers might be able to buy one game and play it on both home consoles and portables.
Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Titanfall, posted a graph of its European Titanfall servers, which saw a massive dip in players when the Uruguay vs. England game kicked off.
Players were still glued to their Titan's when the Colombia vs. Cote d'Ivoire game was on, but activity dipped when the 3 goals were scored - something you can see in the chart, above. Once Uruguay and England hit the field, all bets were off, as well as Xbox One consoles. Just as Uruguay scored at the 39-minute mark, activity surged, but plummeted for the second half.
At around the 85-minute mark when Luis Suarez kicked the game-winning goal and crushed England, Titanfall activity bounced right back up.